Ireland's debut day off to a damp beginning

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"We played our first match against Kent and they (Imam and Sami) both played together so we saw who was playing well", added the wicket-keeper.

Ireland captain William Porterfield says there will be a "few emotions knocking around" tomorrow and has targeted a surprise victory over Pakistan.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi, who will be in Dublin for the historic Test, however insisted that there was no room for a tour in the near future as Pakistan have a packed schedule in the next 12 months. "It is a big honour for me and my team to play this historic Test match - the first Test match to be played in Ireland", said Sarfraz. "If we can have that in the game then I think it gives us the best chance of winning and I think that is a realistic chance", he said.

They made an even bigger global splash when they knocked Pakistan out of the 2007 one-day worldwide World Cup tournament with a stunning St Patrick's Day win at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

"He's obviously a very skilful bowler", said opening batsman Porterfield of the left-arm quick. There is a lot of experience in our line-up, exciting youth as well so I don't see any reason why not.

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Devoted Irish fans turned up in spite of the weather hoping to witness the culmination of years of effort to get to this point but Ireland's dream has been deferred by the weather.

But several members of their squad already know what it's like to cause a huge upset against Pakistan, having played in the Ireland side that knocked the Asian giants out of the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean with a stunning three-wicket win in Jamaica.

The likely starting XI have played 1,103 first-class games, which is 304 more than the Pakistan line-up, although they do boost 226 more Test caps.

Ireland were soon 15 for two before an innings of 72 from Niall O'Brien, also in the Test squad, got them back on track before now-retired captain Trent Johnston won the match with a six off Azhar Mahmood.